Pushing Against The Rock

A man was sleeping one night in his cabin, when suddenly his room filled with light, and the Savior appeared.  The Lord told the man He had work for him to do and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin.

   The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all of his might.

   This the man did, day after day.  For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down.  His shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all of his might.  The joy of loving his Lord began fading away and now each night the man returned to his cabin sore, worn out and feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.

   Since the man was showing signs of discouragement and loss of focus on the Lord, the adversary began  placing thoughts into the man’s weary, unfocused mind, “you have been pushing against the rock for a long time, and it has not budged.  Why kill yourself, you’re never going to move it.” 

Thus, the man began to believe that the Lord had given him an impossible task, thus setting him up for failure.

   These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man.  “Why kill myself over this?”  he thought, “I will just put in my time, giving the minimum effort, and that will be good enough.”   And that is what he planned to do, until he decided to make it a matter of prayer and take his troubled thoughts to the Lord. 

   “Lord,” he said, “I have labored long and hard in Your service, putting all my strength to do that which You have asked.  Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter.  What is wrong?  Why am I failing?”

   The Lord responded compassionately, “My child, when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I asked that you love Me with all of your heart, soul and mind and to obey My voice and statues.  I asked you to push against the rock with all your strength. This you have done.  Never once did I mention to you that I expected “you” to move the rock.  You were to love Me and obey without question or doubt.  I asked you to push.  And now you come to Me with your strength spent because you listened to a different voice.  Doubt strips away trust and strength and failure speaks of pride.  Look at yourself.  Your arms are strong and muscled, your back is sinewy and your hands are callused from constant pressure, and your legs have become massive and hard.  Through opposition, you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you use to have.  Yet, you have not moved the rock, but your calling was to be obedient and to push and exercise your faith and trust in MY wisdom.  This you have done, I, My child will now move the rock.  Keep your focus upon Me, not what you have or have not done for Me.  Listen to Me.  Be still and Know that I AM GOD.  Enjoy Me in each moment of your day and rest at night knowing I AM Sovereign and in control.  My ways are righteous, pure, true and for your good.  And remember, just what Jesus Christ pushed through for you.

   At times, when we hear the word of God, we tend to use our intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God desires is just simple obedience and faith in Him.  By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know it is GOD who moves them.